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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The book starts off in a very Gaiman scene, he introduces the character Richard Mayhew as a man who takes London for granted. He is a perfectly ordinary man. He has a controlling fiance, who drags him everywhere. She believes he has potential, but really he is just ordinary.
He has a boring office job.

Until he sees a girl face down in the mud, obviously hurt while on the way to a dinner with Jessica to meet a very important man. The girl's name is Door, and she is a very important person. She is part of a family who have the ability to open doors, create doors, find doors. Prior to the beginning of the story all of her family was murdered.
Richard unfortunately finds his life turned upside down. Turns out he is part of London Above or well was until he helped Door. Once Door leaves him, he finds out that no one notices him. A couple even moves into his apartment while he is in it.
Angry, he follows Door's path into London Below. He soon embarks on a journey with Door, a battered marquis, and the Hunter to revenge Door's family. In order to do this they have to reach the angel Islington, or at least that is what they think.

It is a story of angels, and of unlikely heroes.

Gaiman made sure to keep this story fast. It does not lag in dialogue or action. It is a pleasant story, filled with the beautiful imagery Gaiman always has. He does do his usual jumping from different characters for a chapter, which can be disconcerting if you are not quite used to that style.
All in all, I was impressed. I enjoyed it more than I enjoyed (dare I say it) American Gods.
Pick it up from your local library folks.


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Jul. 17th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
I loved this book too. I was completely surprised that Neil Gaiman wrote it, since I couldn't finish American Gods.
Jul. 17th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
'American Gods' is worth it. It has an amazing ending. I actually liked that one loads because of all the folklore he packed into it.
Jul. 17th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
I love this book. Gaiman is one of my favorite authors and this is my favorite book of his. And it definitely makes you want to not meet an angel.
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Don't feel bad about not liking it as much as American Gods. I was having trouble with Anansi Boys and was told that Gaiman's writing style kind of differs from book to book, so not all his books are for everyone.
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
I like this book more than American Gods because it is more instantly gratifying, but American Gods is such a different kind of book than Neverwhere that even if they're both by the same author, I feel like I can't really compare them.
Jul. 18th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
Apparently there are two types of Gaiman fans, those who like Neverwhere better, and those who like American Gods. I'm on the 'Gods' side, I thought this was too Prachett like for me, but it was still a good read.
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I also thought it was better than American Gods. Neverwhere really sucks you into the London underbelly.
Jul. 20th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Gaiman is my ultimate favorite. This is definitely my second favorite (after Stardust).

Currently, I am saving money for his Graphic Novels. I'm dead broke. :))
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